Stewards anchor their work in a regional shared vision. Together, they create an image of what they want to build; a public declaration of the aspirations they hold in their heads and their hearts—a vision to share with everyone in the region and one that guides their investments and actions.
Stewardship means taking responsibility for forming working relationships with others to transform health and well-being across a region, together. It’s an ongoing practice of encouraging alignment, inclusiveness, resident leadership, and knowledge sharing, and marked by a commitment to the regional effort beyond one’s own vested interests.
Stewards develop a comprehensive theory of system change for their region: a plan for how to bring their vision to life. Then, they design an interdependent portfolio of interventions: a set of actions (policies, programs, practices, and investment priorities) they will use to execute on that theory.
How will stewards fund their work? Grants aren’t enough; they need long-term financial plans that include sustainable sources of funding—which might even mean getting paid for the value they provide.
A region’s health ecosystem is the large collection of distinct variables and organizations that depend on and interact with one another to produce health and well-being in a region. In other words, it’s the combination of all the parts of a regional system, such as the economy, schools, climate, community organizations, and everything in between.
Today, philanthropies typically address symptoms of issues—like feeding the hungry, building emergency rooms, and researching medical treatments—and that’s wonderful! But philanthropies are uniquely positioned to also address the core issues (that cause those symptoms) by sparking innovative, bold reinventions of the systems that produce equitable health and well-being.
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